Smithton put fish in Saturday, March 17th. 512 fish. Something is not right with that club any more. Let me preface by stating, I've been donating to that club to stock fish, for nearly 40 years. They (club members) have ALWAYS performed a bang-up job with the stockings. Recently however, the stockings have been cut wayyyyyy down. Now, I can understand that perhaps with a changing of committee members, there may not be the same "push" to raise money as there was in the past ? I also can understand, as times change, so does the interest in fishermen that may have donated in the pas.... in other words, not as much interest in fishing. BUT, something seems awry lately, namely the past few years. Stockings have dwindled to just a few per year. Last year, they cancelled the final 3 or so stockings, because of purported poor river conditions. And they stated on the website message board, that the money from those cancelled stockings, would be used this year for additional stockings. WELLLLLLL, lo and behold, 2018 rolls around, and they list only FOUR (4) stockings for this year. What happened to the cash from the 3 cancelled stockings of last year, PLUS the additional monies from selling buttons, and taking donations this year ?
Something smells fishy, and it ain't the smell of Trout. The stocking committee members, per the website, seem to be the same as in recent past years. NOW, here is the shady part. The committee members, within the past few days, have TAKEN DOWN THEIR WEBSITE MESSAGE BOARD. This was done because they knew they would be questioned on funds, no doubt at all, and they didn't want to deal with the backlash that they were about to receive as to where the funds have been going. Something is not right in that club, ad they need a shake-up.
What I can tell you, I will no longer be donating to their efforts, UNTIL they become transparent, and account for the funds they are receiving by donation, in order to stock the fish. There should be wayyyyyyyyyy more than 4 stockings, at 512 fish per. Especially given the fact that they cancelled so many stockings last year, and said the money would carry forward to this year.